Eleventh hour effort by severance tax supporters to bring up legislation fails

Eleventh hour effort by severance tax supporters to bring up legislation fails

A late night effort Tuesday by a bipartisan group of supporters of natural gas severance tax legislation failed to get the constitutional majority needed to call the bill up to continue debate on the amendment process related to the legislation.

 

While the motion by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) received a majority vote from members present, such a motion requires a constitutional majority of all members seated in the House.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Effort to send severance tax legislation back to committee fails

Effort to send severance tax legislation back to committee fails

In a move some were hoping would keep the issue from additional floor debate for some time, a motion in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Monday attempted, but ultimately failed, to send a highly contentious natural gas severance tax bill back to committee.

Monday, December 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House successfully puts up a bipartisan vote on a Tax Code plan

House successfully puts up a bipartisan vote on a Tax Code plan

In a surprise move late Tuesday, House lawmakers moved a compromise Tax Code bill over to the Senate in the hopes of starting the process of wrapping up the budget process.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House GOP sends budget-funding plan to Senate

House GOP sends budget-funding plan to Senate

House Republicans on Wednesday passed what they entitled “The Putting People First Budget,” a budget-balancing plan that provides $2.3 billion in funding to close the $2.2 billion accumulated budget deficit facing the Commonwealth in FY 2017-2018, by a vote of 103 to 91. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

With budget-related revenue negotiations likely to drag into the third week of their current standoff, the fight over whether a natural gas severance tax should be part of those discussions has continued to heat up.

 

While Republican leaders have been more than recalcitrant in their stance toward bringing up any one of the numerous proposals introduced in either the House or Senate, one can hardly speak to a Democrat or moderate Republican in the Capitol without hearing from one of them about how such a tax—in exchange with the natural gas industry for some regulatory relief—could be a primary solution to end the Commonwealth’s revenue woes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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